Hotel Bars We Love in Mississippi
In the broadest sense, hospitality means service: good food, good drinks, good surroundings. And when we talk about Southern hospitality, we know it all comes down to truly making folks feel at home. The iconic boutique hotels of the Magnolia State know this better than anyone. So next time you plan a Mississippi getaway, don’t sleep on the amazing drinks and eats these hotel bars have to offer; they’re some of the best mixological gems of the region.
The Alluvian, Greenwood
Giardina’s is all warmth and elegance, with its white tablecloths and its bright, airy courtyard-facing dining room. A reincarnation of the original 1936 Park Avenue restaurant, Giardina’s retains 14 private dining booths, a long-standing Mississippi Delta tradition. Here you can taste old-world elegance — traditional Italian cuisine and premium liquors, wines, and liqueurs —while slowing down to enjoy the laid-back “Delta Casual” lifestyle.
White House Hotel, Biloxi
Nicknamed “The Coast’s Crown Jewel,” the White House is a historic hotel nestled on the Biloxi beachfront, shaded by oaks and studded with stately columns. At Cora’s Restaurant & Bar, the Gulf Coast comes to you, with Southern style cuisine and traditional cocktails perfect for sharing in a cozy private dining booth or in the open dining area.
Of course, the White House Hotel’s panoramic Gulf views have famously dazzled visitors for over a century. One of the best ways to experience them is on the beautiful rooftop lounge. Relax with a Bloody Mary or Old Fashioned for a classic Cora’s experience, or choose from 40 wines and 16 local craft beers on tap. No matter what you choose, Cora’s will take care of you.
The Graduate, Oxford
This ain’t your average college bar. Located a mile from the Ole Miss campus in a prominent spot overlooking The Square, the fourth-floor rooftop terrace mixes elegance, sleek industrial flourishes, and modern farmhouse charm. Serving Southern classics and craft cocktails like the Ms. Ole Miss (vodka, St. Germaine, grapefruit juice, and soda), The Coop is a graduated experience in every sense of the word.
Fairview Inn, Jackson
If you’ve ever dreamed of losing yourself in a literary afternoon, surrounded by books while nursing your favorite libation, the Library Lounge is your dream come true. The walls are adorned with books by Mississippi authors spanning the ages, including Eudora Welty, John Grisham and William Faulkner. Plot your course through the daily happy hour specials on craft cocktails, microbrews, fine wines and creative small plates. And don’t worry, no one’s going to shush you here.
Bar Fontaine on the Rooftop
Cotton House, Cleveland
You may not expect a European respite in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, but Bar Fontaine is right at home here. From the patio, you can watch the sunset melt into downtown Cleveland while enjoying craft drinks and small plates with locally sourced, house-made ingredients. The most popular drinks include The First Lady (sweet, sour, herbal and crisp) and The Contract, a unique blend of bourbon and chicory liqueur, both distilled right here in Mississippi.
Rooftop Bar at Old Capitol Inn
Once upon a time, a YWCA building in Jackson housed young women relocating to the city from rural towns, with plenty of space for roller-skating, dancing and other good old-fashioned fun. These days, the Old Capitol Inn bed and breakfast calls this space home; it remains a social hotspot that attracts visitors from far and wide. The rooftop bar’s modern rustic aesthetic is the perfect backdrop for sophisticated cocktails and stunning city views.
Escape to an older world full of luxuries and comforts, local specials and unique charms. Mississippi has it all, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Go to VisitMississippi.org to find your next home-away-from-home.